The Rockies intend to pick up Jorge De La Rosa’s option for next season

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After being limited to just 13 starts between 2011-2012 due to Tommy John surgery, Jorge De La Rosa has bounced back quite nicely this season with a 3.21 ERA and 86/44 K/BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings across 22 starts. And the Rockies intend to keep him in the fold for next season.

According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Rockies owner Dick Monfort said yesterday that the team intends to pick up De La Rosa’s $11 million club option for 2014. The 32-year-old left-hander originally signed a two-year, $21.5 million contract with the Rockies in November of 2010. When he exercised his $11 million player option for 2013 last October, it triggered a club option for 2014.

De La Rosa currently has his lowest strikeout (6.13 K.9) rate since 2007, but he is also walking fewer batters than ever before. Meanwhile, his ground ball tendencies have allowed him to keep the ball in the ballpark. He may not be a frontline starter, but reliable arms are hard to come by in Colorado.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.